Bradbury Park Play Scape
Bradbury Park is an iconic play scape brought about by a collaboration between Alcorn Middleton, Epoca Constructions, CUSP Landscape Architecture + Urban Design and Bligh Tanner.
Brisbane City Council initiated an open competition for this unique playground situated in Chermside, offering an opportunity for creative exploration during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project’s challenges included an unusual user group (10–15 year olds) and the conceptual framework of a “biological city.” The park’s innovative design divided the site into subterranean, terranean, and arboreal zones, each with distinct spatial qualities. The design also showcases towers, or “hollows,” inspired by existing arboreal lorikeet nests. Bligh Tanner’s contribution ensured the structural integrity of the playscape, which features no square angles, and nothing is level.
The realisation of this dynamic playground not only serves its primary brief but also responds to broader contextual and community needs, establishing Bradbury Park as a key piece of activated urban infrastructure.
“Bradbury Park is part of an international movement of designers who are challenging traditional playground design through the return of the adventure playground and the hybridization of playspace.“
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Client: Brisbane City Council
Architect: Alcorn Middleton Architecture
Building and landscape contractor: Epoca Constructions
Landscape architect: CUSP Landscape Architecture + Urban Design
Image Credit: Christopher Fredrick Jones